Home Decor

Spring Home Tour – Our Kitchen and Downstairs Hallway

If you joined me last week, you got the grand tour of our family room all decked out for the spring/summer season.  I promised to share our kitchen and downstairs hallway with you this week, so here we are!  I’ve actually been decking the halls all week so the house looks totally different.  But I’m getting ahead of myself, that post is for another day.

I’ve said it before, but this downstairs hallway is one of my favorite spots in our house.  It’s not your typical hallway, it’s more of a sit and relax spot.  I’ll often just sit for a quick minute to catch my breath on a busy day.  I purchased the bespoke mirror(s) at a market day many, many years ago.    I love how you can see both mirrors from this vantage point.  The table was another rescue from our shearing quarters and we had it refurbished.  It’s the perfect size for this space!  We bought the old trunk from an antique shop in Katoomba (the Blue Mountains) while visiting for my husband’s aunt’s 70th birthday.  And you can probably guess where the “thankful” sign came from…that’s right, Magnolia . I had to have a sign from Jimmy Don and luckily Magnolia does overseas shipping!

Now if you look to your left, you can just spot the blue wing back chair .  That is called “the blue chair” by our family (aren’t we creative?!).  This was our children’s time out spot.   And last, but not least, the gorgeous flowers are from Silkfora .  It’s become one of my favorite places to visit whenever I’m in Sydney!

 

Now we can move on towards the kitchen.  My sweet in-laws gave me this shelf as a present my first Christmas in Australia, which was 22 years ago.  I’ve had so much fun decorating it over the years!  There’s an amusing story about those lovely mugs.  When we renovated our kitchen, I had specific accent colors in mind that I wanted to use in my decor.  I looked everywhere and couldn’t find any mugs that I liked for this shelf.  But while back home in Jackson, MS for Christmas I went in to Pier 1 and saw these as soon as I walked in! I carefully brought them back with us on the 16 hour plane trip!  And guess what…no one is allowed to drink from them!  I mean if they break I’ll never be able to replace them!

 

This is perhaps my favorite view of  our kitchen.  I had to wait quite a few years to get it and after ten years I’m still happy with its design and function.  When we first started coming up with ideas for the new kitchen, a mantle and storage on either side of the stove were “must have” items.  After all, the mantle is yet another space to decorate!  Many of the decor pieces in the kitchen came with me when I moved here, while others were bought in Mississippi when we were home for visits.  That adorable honey pot is from Laurel Mercantile .  I bought it on my most recent trip home and going to Laurel was on my wish list.

 

These open shelves were the other “must haves” in the kitchen design.  My parents had them in their house in Jackson and I’ve always loved them.  My Mom decorated their shelves so beautifully.

 

I have somewhat of a brown thumb, so my house is full of faux plants, which is fine with me because that’s one less thing I have to worry about watering!  That cute little fish pitcher came from an amazing little shop in Round Top, Texas call The Garden Company.  It’s right next to an amazing restaurant called Feed and Firewater. If you’re ever in Round Top, I highly recommend visiting both places!

 

I love to use cake stands in my decor.  They are great for adding height and interest and there’s plenty of room to add decor pieces.  The cute wooden apple was bought locally.  I purchased it as a birthday gift for a friend and liked it so much I went back and bought one for myself!  Tell me I’m not the only one that does that.  The candle is from Swan Creek Candle Co.  This one is Apples and Spice and I wish you could smell it!

 

I just adore wire baskets.  You’ll find them all over our house.  They are fun and easy to decorate with and they can tone down the formality of an item so easily.  That cute plate has a milk pitcher that goes with it and is so nice to use for guests for morning or afternoon tea.

 

Well, thank you so much for joining me on this little tour.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into our home with it’s spring decor.  I’d love for you to join me again soon for a look at our home in all it’s Christmas festiveness!

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